The economic history of the Italian Republic

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Dairy farmers, porn star and a cow picket Italian Senate
16 December 1997. Italian farmers protest EU-imposed quotas and cheap agricultural imports.
Italy in economic crisis: Farewell to la dolce vita
By Peter Popham, The Independent, 22 June 2005. The traditional image of Italian life—whether Roman high society, or a Tuscan rural idyll—is crumbling. Berlusconi may scoff, but his country has become the sick man of Europe.